Another councilman resigns in Walbridge
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer
Thursday, 09 May 2013 09:36
WALBRIDGE - With the resignation of one of its members, council has until the end of the month to fill the seat. This is the third time this year that council has had to select a new member.
Council accepted the resignation of Nathan Eikost at last week's meeting. Eikost, who wasn't at the meeting, said in a letter that he has been hired as a Rossford police officer. He also is a Lake Township dispatcher.
Mayor Ed Kolanko said council has 30 days to fill the seat, or the job falls to him. Interested people should submit a letter to the office.
Council had to select two new members in January after Mayor Dan Wilczynski forfeited his seats over too many missed meetings, and Councilman Pat Fox followed him out the door. Kolanko, who was council president, was sworn in as mayor. The new council members picked were Ken Gilsdorf and Ron Liwo.
Eikost was elected to council in November 2011 after finishing a term with the Lake Board of Education. When Eikost was elected to the school board in 2007, he was 18 years old, in his senior year at Lake, and possibly the youngest person in Ohio ever to be elected to a board of education.
Also at the May 1 meeting, council heard Darlene Limmer introduce herself as the new president of the Centennial Committee. Limmer, who now lives in Rossford, grew up in the village and her family ran two grocery stores here.
She asked council for permission for several centennial activities.
Council approved allowing the committee to use the Loop Park shelterhouse from June 30 to July 7 for setting up and running the July 4-6 festival. The committee also got permission to sell memorial bricks around the flagpole and to bury two time capsules at Loop Park.
The committee has also planned a sock hop for June 1, wedding vow renewal ceremony for June 8 and a quilt show for Sept. 21. Members are selling $10 cookbooks and have set up a spot in the library as a centennial information center.
Also at the meeting, council:
• Approved an emergency resolution to apply for a Wood County Community Development Block Grant for $50,000. The money would be used to make curbs compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If approved, the village would be responsible for $5,000 for design and fees. Poggemeyer and Associates, Bowling Green, is assisting with the application.
• Heard Kolanko say tax collections so far this year are down $30,000 and he will be reviewing the budget.
• Had the first reading on an ordinance to enter into a contract with Signature and Associates to sell or lease property that the village owns. Lennex Realty Co. had been marketing the property, which includes acreage on East Broadway Street and Walbridge Road.
• Heard Kolanko say he has had talks with the new owner of the former Walbridge Elementary about zoning. The old school is zoned residential, not business.
• Heard from audience member Larry Boday, who said he is running for council in November.
• Went into a five-minute executive session to discuss pending litigation. No action was taken.